[ mi-nawr-i-tee, -nor, -mahy- ]
/ mɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr, -maɪ- /

noun, plural mi·nor·i·ties.


of or relating to a minority.

Origin of minority

From the Medieval Latin word minōritās, dating back to 1525–35. See minor, -ity


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/ (maɪˈnɒrɪtɪ, mɪ-) /

noun plural -ties

the smaller in number of two parts, factions, or groups
a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part
  1. the state of being a minor
  2. the period during which a person is below legal ageCompare majority
(modifier) relating to or being a minoritya minority interest; a minority opinion

Word Origin for minority

C16: from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor
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